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At least five killed in India rail accident Updated: 2022-01-14 09:15:55 KST

At least five people are dead and dozens other injured, after a passenger train derailed on Thursday, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.
According to officials, 12 of the passenger train's coaches became derailed while three capsized.
While the cause of the accident is currently being investigated, the government plans to provide financial compensation to families of the deceased and all of the injured.


"Bikaner-Guwahati Express got derailed between New Domohani and New Maynaguri at around 5pm today.(CUT) Railways has already announced an ex-gratia amount of 500,000 rupees ($6,771) for the family of the deceased and 100,000 rupees ($1,354) in case of severe injuries and 25,000 rupees ($338) in case of minor injuries."

Accidents are unfortunately common on India's massive, but aging railway network.
The state-run railway system operates 9-thousand passenger trains and carry about 23 million passengers daily.
In 2016, 127 people were killed when 14 coaches derailed, in one of India's worst train accidents.
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